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Language tip of the week: theatre

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, usage, etc.

This week’s language tip helps with the differences in meaning of theatre in American and British English.



In both the UK and the US, a theatre is a place where people watch plays or other performances.
In the US, you can also use theater or movie theater to mean a place that shows films. In the UK, you see a film at a cinema.
In the UK, a short break in the middle of a play, film, concert etc is referred to as the interval or the intermission. In the US only intermission is used for this meaning.

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